Bread and Chocolate, Chevy Chase, Washington, DC

I recently gave a positive report, one perhaps influenced by the opening cocktail of heroic proportions, and certainly by the company, on La Ferme. Remarkably, it was the first time for all four of us, even though both we and La Ferme have shared the neighborhood for decades. Here’s a report on another longstanding favorite that I’ve neglected, Bread and Chocolate. I had been to … Continue reading Bread and Chocolate, Chevy Chase, Washington, DC

A Tale of Two Green Chile Cheeseburgers, The Original Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio, New Mexico and Oso Grill in Capitan, New Mexico

I’ve been neglecting one of the all-time great sandwiches, the green chile cheeseburger. My nephew, Senior New Mexico Correspondent, Jon Berry, has stepped up to fill the gap. I was just mentioning his son Henry, a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Texas, in my review of Terry Black’s in Austin, and you may remember Jon for his report on Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbecue, which … Continue reading A Tale of Two Green Chile Cheeseburgers, The Original Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio, New Mexico and Oso Grill in Capitan, New Mexico

Buckets Bar and Grill, Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland

Here we have a bit of a shift of gears from our dinner at La Ferme in Chevy Chase. In our continuing exploration of Southern Maryland restaurants, Michael Boyd, my son-in-law, and I decided to go out for a burger and some wings while the ladies went to see the film, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. We settled on Buckets Bar and Grill, a local sports bar … Continue reading Buckets Bar and Grill, Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland

La Ferme, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Michael, Liza, Nancy, and I went to La Ferme for a special dinner. Amazingly, none of us had been there for dinner before, and it is off the beaten track, just off the edge of a tiny commercial block nestled in residential Chevy Chase (with, incredibly, abundant parking). I’d heard good things about it from multiple sources. I also saw a picture on Jeremy Steed’s … Continue reading La Ferme, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Where to Go, Where to Eat during Your Winter Vacation

You’re taking a vacation this winter. You are, aren’t you? Here’s a guide to places to eat and, often, places to stay while you’re there. Basically, it’s a collection of my reviews from winter vacation spots where I’ve spent time since I expanded this Blog to include non-barbecue places. Since then, I’ve been a lot of places and eaten at a whole lot of restaurants. … Continue reading Where to Go, Where to Eat during Your Winter Vacation

Pinkerton’s Barbecue, Houston, Texas

After our extraordinary breakfast at Valentina’s Tex Mex, Nancy and I headed back to Houston to see Anne Rain, Hunter, and Isabelle. Along the way, Nancy and I stopped and had a walk in Stephen F. Austin State Park. The modest admission was waived for Veterans Day Weekend (you’re quite welcome for my service, such as it was), the weather was beautiful, and the trails … Continue reading Pinkerton’s Barbecue, Houston, Texas

Valentina’s Tex Mex Barbecue, Austin, Texas

After our meal at Terry Black’s, I wasn’t about to miss Daniel Vaughn’s breakfast recommendation, Valentina’s Tex Mex Barbecue. The two places are very different in externals. Terry Black’s is a “city” barbecue place, right in the heart of Austin, the 11th largest city in the US and moving up. Valentina’s is barely in or just outside the city limits, in an area that’s rapidly … Continue reading Valentina’s Tex Mex Barbecue, Austin, Texas

Terry Black’s Barbecue, Austin, Texas

Before I set off for Austin, I shot an email to Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue guru with Texas Monthly and the genius behind the Texas Monthly quadrennial 50 Best issue, and THE authority on all things brisket. Since we’d be there on a Game Day, I wanted to know where we could actually get into a great barbecue place without too awful long a wait, … Continue reading Terry Black’s Barbecue, Austin, Texas

Sandy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Austin, Texas

After our magnificent lunch at the City Market in Luling and fulfilling Nancy’s burning desire to go to Smitty’s, we drove on to Austin. As I mentioned here, one of our goals in our trip to Texas was to complete our 10K — this one actually was 11K — state capital walk in Austin. It was state capital #42 in our quest to do all … Continue reading Sandy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Austin, Texas

Smitty’s Market, Lockhart, Texas

After a great lunch at the City Market in Luling, Nancy and I headed north toward Austin. She’d mentioned several times our visit to Smitty’s back in 2010 when I spent a term as a visiting professor at Baylor Law School. Back then Smitty’s was one of the top places in Lockhart, the epicenter of Texas barbecue, just up the road from Luling. Smitty’s barbecue … Continue reading Smitty’s Market, Lockhart, Texas